Social Media Tips for Old People

blog_social_mediaI recently did a google hangout with Ashlei Williams of PHC News.  She is young and smart and really savvy when it comes to social media.  Relatively speaking, I am old when it comes to e-marketing.  (You, too?)  We chatted it up and shared ideas for embracing new technology.  Here are a few tips…

  • Just dive in.  Nobody really has e-marketing dialed in.  We can work it out as we go.
  • Don’t bother trying to get kids off their phones throughout the day.  Instead, establish some boundaries and have them help you…and do your posts.
  • Mix it up…show your personal side (keep it fun and positive) and share business tips and news, too.  Testimonials, weather-related tips, community involvement.  Brag on your customers’ achievements.

And follow me!  On Twitter, Google +LinkedIn and Facebook.  I like sharing good business tips and keeping in touch with friends and family.

The bottom line:  People buy from people they trust and like.  Social media is a great way to make friends.

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Tips for Finding a Bossy Mentor

Note: I am blogging on behalf of Visa Business and received compensation for my time from Visa for sharing my views in this post, but the views expressed here are solely mine, not Visa’s. Visit http://facebook.com/visasmallbiz to take a look at the reinvented Facebook Page: Well Sourced by Visa Business. The Page serves as a space where small business owners can access educational resources, read success stories from other business owners, engage with peers, and find tips to help businesses run more efficiently. Every month, the Page will introduce a new theme that will focus on a topic important to a small business owner’s success. For additional tips and advice, and information about Visa’s small business solutions, follow @VisaSmallBiz and visit http://visa.com/business.

Bossy PantsRecently the word “bossy” has come under fire (see www.banbossy.com). Is “boss” the better word? I’m not buying it. The campaign is well intentioned. The more important issue is that, if we are going to succeed in life and in business, we need to help each other out. We need mentors. I encourage you to find bossy ones.

As the Plumber’s Wife, I got sucked into the family business. I was in charge of the office, and my husband, Hotrod – The Plumber – turned the wrenches. It was miserable. We didn’t make any money. I started to network, to find others who were interested in building their businesses and increasing sales and profits. I felt a little lost, as I was one of very few women at the local association meetings. Continue reading

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You, Me and a Budget Spreadsheet

Budgeting Budgeting.  UGH.

I call it the “B Word” because so many people are resistant to the word BUDGETING. Nobody wants to Budget, right?  Budgeting is all about deprivation and doing without.  It’s like…gulp…dieting.

Budgeting doesn’t have to be a soul-sucking, frustrating experience.  The way I teach it is fun, easy and powerful.  From Main Street to Wall Street, simple budgeting is a great way to create goals and achieve them.  You create a workable selling price as a bonus.  Neat!

Budgeting focuses on spending.   You don’t want to be wasteful or thoughtless when it comes to expenses.  Little things add up. Continue reading

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5 Tips for Financial Goal Setting!

Blog Goals“What’s the point of setting financial goals?  I have no idea what will happen each day for sales.  Unexpected expenses crop up all the time, too.  If it’s just a ‘guess,’ then why bother?”

That’s what one of my clients just shared with me.  I appreciate his candor and his frustration.  However, if you want tomorrow to be better than today, it starts with intention and imagination.  So, set financial goals…no matter how awkward it is.  As you clarify your intention and take aligned action, you will make those dreams come to pass.  It’s OK if it takes a little longer and costs a little more than you hoped.

Here’s more help!  I put together 5 Tips for Financial Goal Setting.  Enjoy! Continue reading

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Lessons Learned from Business Makeover 2014!

Lessons learned! Makeover?  Yes, please.  We are well into 2014 already!  The Business Makeover 2014 Summit was intended to help you (and me!) make this a seminal year.  A year in which we can breakthrough and breakout and makeover our lives and businesses.

Hurray…off to a great start.  As Business Makeover 2014 wraps up, here’s what I’ve learned.  (Maybe you could share what you’ve discovered, too, in the comments below?  Thanks!)

  • It’s good to put ourselves out there.  Life is about the adventure.  This event was a big reach for me and the Bare Bones Biz team. I am super proud of us for saying YES!  I learned so much about relationships and technology and business.  So worth it!  (It helps to have coaching!  Special thanks to Orna and Matthew Walters. xo)
  • We really don’t need one more tip.  Boy, this one hit me like a ton of bricks.   Continue reading
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4 Olympic Lessons for Business Owners

SkierDid you watch the XXII Olympic Games? Inspiring! Perhaps you’ve been moved to improve your physical fitness. Substitute fruit for potato chips. Go for a run. Do some yoga. Train for a springtime race and dream BIG! You may be inspired to dream BIG about your business, too. Here are 4 Olympic Lessons for you, dear Biz Owner!

#1. Relax. Sage Kotsenburg took it nice and easy and won the Gold Medal in the Snowboard Slopestyle event. While others pushed and pulled, he sailed to first place with a big grin. Yes, you have to train and learn and make mistakes. When it comes time to DO it…just DO it. And enjoy it. Be unattached to the outcome. While achieving the goal is important, consider this: You set a goal because you think you will be happier if you achieve it. What if you pursue happiness first? Live in gratitude. Be of service. Have fun and laugh at all of life’s absurdities. In this state of happiness, you make better decisions and reaching the goal becomes inevitable. We so often have this backwards. That if we stress and strain and somehow reach the goal, THEN we will be happy. It doesn’t work that way. Continue reading

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4 Ways to Stay Motivated Everyday

Note: I am blogging on behalf of Visa Business and received compensation for my time from Visa for sharing my views in this post, but the views expressed here are solely mine, not Visa’s. Visit http://facebook.com/visasmallbiz to take a look at the reinvented Facebook Page: Well Sourced by Visa Business. The Page serves as a space where small business owners can access educational resources, read success stories from other business owners, engage with peers, and find tips to help businesses run more efficiently. Every month, the Page will introduce a new theme that will focus on a topic important to a small business owner.

WindupDo you ever feel like a windup doll? That you have to wind yourself up every day? Well, you do! And if you don’t, who will? It takes discipline. Here are 4 tips for renewing your passion for your business:

1. Work up a sweat.

You know working out is good for you, but it’s also good for business. There is nothing like physical exercise to clear out the cobwebs, reduce stress, come up with a great idea and improve your morale. Do something every day, anything, that causes you to break a sweat. It could be as little as 10 minutes of running, brisk walking, climbing stairs, or a few sit-ups and planks in your office. When you most don’t feel like it…do it, because you will always be glad you did. You will never wish you hadn’t. Continue reading

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A Whole New Way of Thinking?

To Do What You Love...The problem with thinking is that you are not doing anything.  In our world, doing is deemed better than thinking.  I think…we do too much thoughtlessly.  I think we should think more.  Then, we can do less and gain more.

I decided to start 2014 with new and challenging conversations.  I invited the brightest folks I know to share their advice to help us make quantum leap changes in our businesses.  Business Makeover 2014 was born.  I knew I would benefit from these conversations.  I hope that you are, too!  I expected a biz tip or two.  What I DIDN’T expect was Continue reading

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Turning the Worst Thing Into the Best Thing

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When Hot Rod and I were first married, we lived in a cabin outside of Whitefish, Montana.  It was 11 by 15 feet and the foundation was four, almost-flat rocks.  We had all of $5000 between us and we contracted a well driller and a “diviner” to help us find – and hit – water.  Three days later, we had a $5000 hole, but no water.  

So, my husband, The Plumber, figured out an alternative water system.  He routed the rain into a barrel (which doubled as a dog washer), as well as to an underground cistern.  We “poached” water (shhhh!) from a neighbor’s creek when he was out of town.  We would sneak over, with our pickup and a trailer, hauling an old 700 gallon dairy tank.  Hotrod would fire up a gas powered hand-held water pump and we would look right and left as he filled the tank. Continue reading

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5 Ways to Sleep Better as a Business Owner!

Hole in one!Is tossing and turning at night just a given when you are an entrepreneur?  Business owners often say that they only sleep a few hours a night.  Sometimes it’s a bolt of inspiration at 2 am.  Sometimes (most times?) it’s worry and stress that messes up a good night’s sleep.   I used to wake up wondering how I was going to cover payroll, or what I should do about an employee or customer upset.  I would lie in bed, heart pounding, winding myself up about all kinds of horrible scenarios.  There was nothing to do about any of it until morning, so I would just stew in it.

Then, the sun would rise.  You know, everything is better, clearer, easier in the light of day.  And, everything is scarier in the dark.

Lesson learned:  Continue reading

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